• Newt Gingrich Wows Nevada's Drunks

    Since there was no way for Newt Gingrich to miss his own shadow, we're headed for at least another 6 weeks of primaries.

    The next stop is the Nevada caucuses, where Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are expected to perform well due to the former's fundraising advantage and connection to the state's large Mormon population and the latter's strong ground organization and affinity for the shiny doubloons excavated from Nevada's mines. But if the Mormon and gold miner vote is all spoken for, Gingrich can still appeal to the coveted alcoholic demographic

    Yes, the beer was flowing, and, yes, Renoites have been known to be drawn to such beverages. (At one point, when the sounds system faltered, a man at the back shouted: "It's alright. We're all drunk.")

    [...] it wasn't Gingrich's toughness or policy chops that attracted Keith Rush, who enjoyed a pitcher of brew with his friends during the speech. It was Gingrich's ability to appeal to the "common man."

    "From what I hear, he likes women and he likes to have a drink," Rush said. "I don't know if I could share a beer with Romney."

    Unfortunately for Gingrich, the latest Public Policy Polling survey has Romney at 50% to 25% for Newt Gingrich, 15% for Ron Paul, and 8% for Rick Santorum and "Nevada Republicans actively dislike [Gingrich], with only 41% holding a favorable opinion of him to 49% with a negative one." Seems like most Nevadans remember what happens when you make decisions while wearing bear goggles. Sure, you have a fun night, but the next morning you're on the Moon Colony, making a clinic appointment to be tested for a case of "Newt Gingrich."

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    Tags: Mitt Romney, Nevada, Newt Gingrich, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul


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